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LOS ANGELES -- Southern California needs to turn more ocean
water into drinking water as part of an updated plan to augment the
region's supplies by 2025, the nation's largest urban water district
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's board
adopted a revised plan that calls for increased seawater desalination
and more water from Northern California over the next two decades.
About 18 million Southern Californians -- roughly one of every two
state residents -- get their water from Metropolitan.
The additional supply amounts to an additional "buffer" of 500,000
acre feet of water. That's enough water to supply 1 million
households for a year.
Half the water will come from increased seawater desalination,
water recycling and groundwater. Increased storage and transfer from
two massive water projects that ferry water from north to south --
the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project -- will make
up the rest.
The additional supplies will cost the typical Southern California
household $6 per year.
Metropolitan's biggest customer, the San Diego County Water
Authority, said the plan fails to adequately address the region's
short-term needs over the next five to seven years before local
projects come on line.
"The unprecedented drought on the Colorado River and the
unpredictable nature of State Water Project supplies warrant a more
thorough analysis of likely and worst-case supply scenarios," Bernie
Rhinerson, chairman of the San Diego County Water Authority wrote in
Southern California gets some of its water from the Colorado
River, which scientists say is in the midst of what could be the
century's worst drought.
Ron Gastelum, Metropolitan's chief executive, said drought is part
of the district's plans.
"This plan assumes droughts, earthquakes, unexpected events,"
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